Come and Go ‘Piece a ‘Way, Reggie Wilson
July 1, 2021
Come and Go ‘Piece a ‘Way, is a new short video work by Reggie Wilson in collaboration with cinematographer, Aitor Mendilibar and *Fist and Heel Performance Group, commissioned and premiered at Danspace Project for Platform 2021: The Dream of the Audience. The digital premiere was followed by conversations between Wilson, Mendilibar, and Wilson’s longtime collaborator, Rhetta Aleong. Please find that recorded conversation below.
On Friday, June 18, 2021, Reggie Wilson premiered Come and Go ‘Piece a ‘Way, created while in-residence at Danspace’s historic venue in St. Mark’s Church.
Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance was a 2018 Platform that emerged from choreographer and curator Reggie Wilson’s ongoing research into religion and race. On the final weekend of the Platform, Wilson presented a new work for his company, …they stood shaking while others began to shout, built around his research into Black Shakers and Shaker praise songs. Wilson founded Fist & Heel Performance Group in 1989. The award-winning company’s work draws from cultures of Africans in the Americas combined with a post-modern vernacular and Wilson’s own personal movement style.
During his Platform 2021 residency at Danspace Project in St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, Wilson’s company members were his choreographers. In Come and Go ‘Piece a ‘Way, Reggie performed with movement material sourced by the individuals of his company Fist & Heel Performance Group.
Watch the post performance discussion between Reggie Wilson, Aitor Mendilibar and Wilson’s longtime collaborator, Rhetta Aleong, below.